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Pictured, from left, are: Mansfield Bank’s new board member Kim Thomas, new board Chairman Ken Larsen, current President and CEO John Korona and new board member Gil Campos. (Submitted photo)

MANSFIELD - Mansfield Bank has added two members to its board of directors, and appointed a successor to its longtime chairman.

Kimberly A. Thomas of Mansfield has been elected to the bank's board. She is in her seventh year as the president/executive director of New Hope Inc., a regional nonprofit working to end domestic and sexual violence by helping people live safer and stronger lives.

In 2007, Thomas was senior vice president of Market Strategies with Taunton Federal Credit Union, when she rounded out a 19-year career in banking management.

With 34 years in residential real estate sales, Gilbert J. Campos, Jr. is a prominent, regional figure in that industry. He is the former owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Center in Foxboro, and now operates independently as a top listing and selling Realtor in Southern Massachusetts. Gil has been listed as one of the top 100 RE/MAX agents in the United States. He lives in Hopkinton.

"We are very pleased to welcome Kim and Gil to the bank's leadership," said Mansfield Bank President and CEO John R. Korona. "Their experience in business and in the community will strengthen Mansfield Bank's ability to serve the needs of our customers. With these additions and other changes, 2014 is shaping up to be an especially exciting year for us."

Those changes include a switching of roles on the board of directors. After serving as chairman of the board during a particularly successful 10-year period at Mansfield Bank, William B. Vernon, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, has assumed the role of clerk.

Kenneth A. Larsen, the president of USA Development for the past 33 years, ascends to the role of chairman. Both he and Vernon live in Mansfield.

"It has been my great pleasure to serve for four years on the Board of this truly exceptional community bank," said Larsen. "We are excited to build upon Mansfield Bank's past successes as we chart a path toward a bright future."

Lastly, John A. Walgreen, former professor of economics at Wheaton College in Norton, retired from the board after 21 years of what Korona calls "exemplary service."

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